Step back in time and follow the life and legacy of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker through “The Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Exhibit, A Woman OF Two Worlds and a Man IN Two Worlds.”
The free exhibit can be viewed at Grapevine’s Tower Gallery, located at 636 S. Main St.
The traveling exhibit, sponsored by The Texas Trail of Fame, features rarely seen photos of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker and will be on display through March 3.
Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker are important names in U.S. frontier history, promoters say, adding that much can be learned from the dramatic story of these individuals.
In 1836, a Comanche raiding party took Cynthia Ann from her family. Over the following years, she became wife to a Comanche chief and mother to children, including Quanah. After Cynthia Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers, Quanah became one of the most important Comanche leaders in war and peace.
The exhibit was organized by The Texas Lakes Trail Region and is made possible by the efforts of several individuals.
Douglas Harman, board member of the Lakes Trail Region, and Clara Ruddell, Historic Photograph Research and Consulting, worked with the Lakes Trail Program to organize the exhibit.
According to Grapevine staff, special recognition must be given to the Comanche Nation and the members of the Parker family for keeping the story alive and sharing materials and information.
Ben Tahmahkera, great-great-grandson of Quanah, provided inspiration for the project.
“The exhibit is the beginning of an effort to bring more attention to the important Native American heritage in the Lakes Trail Region,” said Leigh Lyons, city spokeswoman.
It is sponsored by The Texas Trail of Fame.
The Texas Lakes Trail Region is one of the ten Heritage Trail Regions created through the Texas Historical Commission. For more information about this exhibit and other programs, contact the Lakes Trail Program at 817-559-2288.
The exhibition is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday–Friday; 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
The Tower Gallery is located in the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau Headquarters. For more information about Grapevine, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com or call 817-410-3185.
Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367